SAR Fundamentals/Foot travel


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SAR Fundamentals Manual: Ch.12 "Travel Skills: Foot Travel for the SAR Worker"
Basic SAR Skills Manual: Ch.8 "Foot Travel"

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Total Time: 15 minutes

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  • 2011-03: 20 min
  • 2013-02: 17 min

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     Foot Travel for the SAR Worker

Non-Technical travel- walking, general terrain
Technical Travel- Climbing, snowshoe, ice climbing(walking)
 In emergency situations and injured person who can walk, sometimes
cannot travel properly.  Lack of motivation etc.
 To be prepared for SAR travel:
 Recommended food for basic SAR travel is 2 lbs/day @ 3700 calories.
In winter 3 lbs/day @ 5500 calories.
  -- several meals
 Proper dress is very important for SAR travel.  Layering etc.
 Plan your trip, how best to cover the terrain.
 SAR worker preparedness.
 Walking techniques
 Improvise your travel techniques, a compass bearing may be the
shortest route, but not always the easiest.
 A game trail or road may be longer distance, but shorter travel time.
 Pace and rest to save energy.  Everyone needs to rest.  Being tired
affects your ability to search properly.
If travel is too dangerous, come in.  Team safety is #1.
Steep snow- use the plunge step.

Travel at speed of slowest person.
How do you know if pushing too fast?
  Breathing.  Sweating.
Effect of weight.
How often to rest?
Rest step.

  • Look well ahead to know what is 3-4 steps ahead
  • Travel at night
  • If sweating, working too hard
  • kick step
    • small steps for shortest person
  • Scree
    • walking backwards.
    • what's under it?
      • flat bed of rock, therefore sliding
    • gaiters
  • Footwear
    • multiple choices
    • choose for the situation
    • keep feet dry
    • extra pair of socks

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